Artist NameViolet Oakley (Jersey City 1874 - 1961 Philadelphia)
TitleBlanchette Hooker and Helen Hooker as Torchbearers
Date of Artwork1924
MediumRed chalk with traces of graphite on beige laid paper
SizeGift of the Violet Oakley Memorial Foundation, 1983.29.12, Loeb Art Center, Vassar College

Further Information

The young Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909-1992, on the left) and her sister Helen Hooker O'Malley Roelofs (1905-1993, on the right), pose as torchbearers for a pageantry-filled dedication ceremony in a study from 1924 for The Donors, a painting by Violet Oakley commemorating the funders of Vassar's Alumnae House. A rare female amid American beaux-arts muralists, Oakley painted and decorated the Alumnae House living room in Trecento fashion. She trained at the Art Students League, Académie Montparnasse, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and Drexel Institute, all during the 1890s.